Impending rail strike affects Empire Builder service

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A Washington Post article by Ian Duncan, and Luz Lazo states that a possible strike of freight rail workers disrupted the nation’s passenger train Monday. This could potentially disrupt commutes and cross-country travel for thousands in America if it is not remediated. Amtrak Monday announced that disruptions to its national network will start Tuesday. According to Amtrak, the passenger railroad is pulling trains along three long-distance routes “to avoid passenger disruptions while traveling”. Amtrak Monday cancelled Tuesday’s train departures on the Empire Builder and California Zephyr routes.

KARE-TV Era Atre said that U.S News and World Report placed the University of Minnesota Twin Cities 23rd nationally in their most recent survey. This is the U of M’s highest ranking for over a decade. According to a press release, the Twin Cities campus has risen six places in comparison with last year’s ranking. This makes it one of the top 15% of all the National Universities.

MPR News’ Matt Sepic reported that a federal judge sentenced Monday a Twin Cities man to life imprisonment for sending lethal doses fentanyl via the mail. Aaron R. Broussard’s website sold drugs that led to overdoses in the deaths of eleven people from ten states. Broussard was convicted by a jury of all 17 charges in the government’s case, including importation fentanyl that caused death. Prosecutors described in detail how Broussard (31), bought drugs in bulk from “sketchy laboratories in China” before shipping them to customers all over the United States. More than a dozen people ordered the stimulant 4-FA in early 2016. Broussard received warnings from his supplier about a possible mixup but Broussard ignored them and sent two-gram packages of the powerful painkiller. Prosecutors said.

Stribber Nancy Ngo wrote: “After growing up in homes designed and built by architects, Peter Gesell became a bit of an architect buff. It was over when Gesell and Liz Flink discovered a mid-century modern home suspended above a stream that flows into Lake Superior. Gesell described the Duluth house as “unique, one-of-a kind.” Gesell said that the home was built over a creek and that they would never be able to do it again. Gesell and Flink enjoyed the unique home’s architecture as well as its 2,450 square feet. The three-bedroom house, with three bathrooms and an indoor swimming pool, has been listed by the couple after their children have grown. Karen Rue, the listing agent described the house as an engineering marvel. She said, “It’s unique because it’s kinda like we’re selling an engineering feat that happens to have house on top.” Rue stated that the property’s uniqueness and the high value is due to its engineering and size. Rue also said that there are still options for homeowners who wish to make cosmetic changes.

Another Washington Post article, this by Lauren Gurly states: “About 15,000 Minnesota nurses walked out of work Monday to protest understaffing, overwork — it was the largest strike of private sector nurses in American history. … The union proposed new mechanisms that allow nurses to have more control over how wards are staffed. This included a committee consisting of nurses and managers from each hospital, which would decide the appropriate staffing levels. The union also suggested protections against retaliation to nurses who report being understaffed. Some nurses who are striking at hospitals claim that their shifts often lack five to ten nurses, which forces them to take on more patients than necessary.

FoxNews’ Peter Kasperowicz reports that is a House Democrat from Minnesota. This state has seen support for defunding police rise since the death of George Floyd in 2020. He wants House members to join a ride-along with police officers so they can better understand what dangers these officers face every day. Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) introduced a resolution last Wednesday that all newly elected members of the House must participate in at least one ride-along during their first year in office.

Stribber Chris Hine reports “A source in the NBA said the league is investigating potential discipline for Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards following a homophobic video posted to Edwards’ Instagram account this weekend. According to a Star Tribune source, the league is looking into the matter. The league has in the past fined players who make similar remarks. It fined Nikola Jokic, a Denver center, $25,000 for making homophobic remarks. In 2021, it fined Kevin Durant of Brooklyn $50,000 for homophobic comments.

Jeffrey Yelverton, MPR says that “Jorja Flazeanis, Minnesota Orchestra’s longest serving concertmaster and second woman to hold the position in a major U.S. Orchestra at the time she was appointed in 1989, has passed away in her northern Michigan home at 70. Fleezanis was commissioned two pieces by the Minnesota Orchestra during her tenure. First was the John Adams Violin Concerto which she performed in 1994 with Edo de Waart as her conductor. The second was Ikon Of Eros composed by John Tavener.

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